Mor­ris to step down in Glam reshuf­fle

Western Mail - - SPORT -

HUGH Mor­ris has stepped down as Glam­or­gan di­rec­tor of cricket af­ter five years in the role as the county un­dergo a reshuf­fle.

Mor­ris will fo­cus on in­creas­ing his du­ties as chief ex­ec­u­tive af­ter an in­de­pen­dent re­view of Glam­or­gan’s sea­son de­manded changes at the welsh county.

The search now be­gins for a re­place­ment as di­rec­tor of cricket, with Mor­ris re­main­ing at the club.

“With the dis­ap­point­ing per­for­mances on the pitch this sea­son and the need to spread my time more evenly across the busi­ness, it has been de­cided to split the chief ex­ec­u­tive and di­rec­tor of cricket roles at the Club,” said Mor­ris.

“Next year we have four Cricket World Cup matches at Sophia Gar­dens, as well as an IT20 match, fol­lowed by the ECB’s new com­pe­ti­tion in 2020 and the new in­ter­na­tional cal­en­dar.

“We are also work­ing with Cricket Wales on de­vel­op­ing a strat­egy for cricket in Wales to grow the game across the coun­try. I thor­oughly en­joyed my time in the po­si­tion but this is the right time for my­self and the Club to bring in some­one with a fresh per­spec­tive to lead the depart­ment and bring suc­cess to Glam­or­gan on the field.”

The in­de­pen­dent re­view, con­ducted by high per­for­mance con­sul­tant Huw Be­van, for­merly of the Dragons and Welsh Rugby Union, is ex­pected to bring fur­ther changes at Glam­or­gan in the near fu­ture.

■ Joe Root claims Eng­land are ready to ban­ish the no­tion they are vul­ner­a­ble against ‘mys­tery spin’ by tam­ing Sri Lanka in their own con­di­tions.

Eng­land have long been seen as a soft touch for top spin­ners and weak on turn­ing con­di­tions in the sub-con­ti­nent, a rep­u­ta­tion which was fairly earned over the years.

But much has changed about their one-day side in the past three years and Root be­lieves the on­go­ing tour, which be­gan with a washout and con­tin­ues with to­day’s sec­ond ODI in Dam­bulla, of­fers a chance to ex­plode an­other myth.

To do so they will need to con­quer Ak­ila Danan­jaya – who mixes up off-breaks, leg-spin and googlies - and the left-arm wrist spin of Lak­shan San­dakan.

Di­nesh Chandi­mal talked up the pair’s un­pre­dictabil­ity on the eve of the series but Root is confident about the chal­lenge ahead.

“Ev­ery bowler you’ve never faced be­fore is mys­tery, be­cause you don’t know what you’re go­ing to get,” he said.

“But, as a bat­ter, it’s very easy to build things up, to over-an­tic­i­pate how things will go. Most im­por­tantly you have to play what’s in front of you.

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